Re-opening plans

Operating in a new world

Jon Hawkins

Coronavirus and your Wildlife Trust

As you know, coronavirus has changed the way we work. As a Trust, we are absolutely committed to keeping all of our staff, volunteers and visitors safe. This has meant we have had to review all areas of our work, and produce detailed risk assessments for each activity, which will guide the way we operate.

You can view our Organisational Risk Assessment here.

Visiting our reserves

We have worked hard to keep all of our reserves accessible by foot, and we are now working to re-open our car parks. When you do visit our reserves, please ensure you observe a safe social distance and follow the signage where applicable.

On busy days, we may have to restrict numbers to our larger reserves in order to keep everyone safe. As a small charity, we do not have the resources to develop a booking system but we will update via our social media channels for the relevant sites should we become full – so please do check before you travel.

Before you visit, please read through our guidelines for visiting safely.

Please visit responsibly

Reserve opening times

Lunt Meadows car park – open 9am to 5pm

It is free to park your car but donations are welcome to help conservation work on the reserve.

Find out more about Lunt Meadows

Brockholes Nature Reserve car park and play area – open 6am - 9pm, seven days a week

£5 parking charge all day.

Find out more about Brockholes

Brockholes Visitor Village – open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm

To stay up to date with everything Brockholes, as it happens, follow the nature reserve on Facebook.

Follow Brockholes on Facebook

Mere Sands Wood car park – open seven days a week 

£2 parking charge all day.
Toilets available in the field studies centre from 10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Visitor Centre remains closed. 

Find out more about Mere Sands Wood

Mere Sands Wood visitor centre – opening date to be confirmed

To stay up to date with everything Mere Sands Wood, as it happens, follow the nature reserve on Facebook.

Follow Mere Sands Wood on Facebook

Moss Bank Park Café – open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Please note that opening hours will be subject to change as we enter our phased opening, so please check our Facebook page for updates.

Follow The Hive at Moss Bank Park on Facebook

Heysham Nature Reserve car park - Currently closed

Please note that the office building is still closed to the public and there are no public conveniences on-site.

Find out more about Heysham Nature Reserve

Find your nearest reserve here 

An update for our visitors from CEO Anne Selby


We know that many of you are eager to return to volunteering, and we are just as eager to have you! Every individual volunteer task needs to be fully risk assessed, and measures put in place to adapt them safely. We are closely monitoring government guidelines and working through each area. For now, we are only able to commence volunteering on an invite-only basis, subject to a number of safety checks. We will continue to update you via this web page and the volunteer e-news as the situation progresses.

You can read a message from our CEO to all of our volunteers here.

Our offices

The Government guidelines remain that those who can work from home should continue to do so. Therefore, we will not be reopening our offices at this time. We are busy making areas safe for the return of those who cannot work from home.

Frequently asked questions

When will you re-open car parks?

We are working hard to re-open our car parks safely. When we do, we will post the information on this webpage, through our social media channels and also make sure we email all of our members and volunteers directly.

Why haven’t you given an exact date for opening everything?

As soon as we are able to confirm a date, we will do so. We need to make sure we encourage a steady flow of visitors, rather than a surge. This will make sure we can open safely for all of our staff, visitors and of course the wildlife.

Why have others opened before you?

Every organisation is different, as is every site. We are taking great care in assessing each individual site and activity, and this takes time with a small team. We have the added challenge of ensuring our larger reserves are not overwhelmed by an influx of large visitor numbers and we do not have the ability to introduce a booking system, due to our limited funds and also the nature of all of our multi-access point sites.

When will your visitor centres re-open?

We are working through the new Government guidelines and behind the scenes we are making the necessary changes to get ready for opening. We will update our website and social media channels as we have more information.

Why have your opening hours changed?

As we enter a phased reopening, we will still need to access the Government's job retention scheme in order to ensure the Trust can survive financially into the future. Many of our income streams are still on ‘pause’ and our phased re-opening will also mean a phased return of staff. We will adapt our opening hours around this, in order to ensure a safe visit for all. As guidelines change and restrictions lift further, we will be able to move to wider opening hours.